John Minton

Biography: John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under Walter 'Killer' Kowalski at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, then as one of the Masked Executioners in 1976, leading to a Tag Team Title reign. He later went to Texas and became the masked Captain America, feuding with Fritz von Erich, Stan Hansen, and 'Andre the Giant' . It was in Texas that he picked up the Big John Studd moniker.

Later, he moved to Jim Crockett's Mid Atlantic territory where he feuded with Greg Valentine and fellow giant Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham). He retired from wrestling in the late 70s, but was talked into coming back as Ron Reis' tag team partner in The Giants tag team. He went to the AWA but was generally unhappy there. In the mid 80s the WWF, under 'Vince McMahon Jr.' took off, and Studd was along for the ride.
John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under Walter 'Killer' Kowalski at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, then as one of the Masked Executioners in 1976, leading to a Tag Team Title reign. He later went to Texas and became the masked Captain America, feuding with Fritz von Erich, Stan Hansen, and 'Andre the Giant' . It was in Texas that he picked up the Big John Studd moniker.

Later, he moved to Jim Crockett's Mid Atlantic territory where he feuded with Greg Valentine and fellow giant Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham). He retired from wrestling in the late 70s, but was talked into coming back as Ron Reis' tag team partner in The Giants tag team. He went to the AWA but was generally unhappy there. In the mid 80s the WWF, under 'Vince McMahon Jr.' took off, and Studd was along for the ride. He was always near the top of the card, feuding with the likes of Hulk Hogan and teaming with Ken Patera to cut off Andre's hair. In his most famous match, he took on Andre in a 15,000 dollar bodyslam challenge at the first _Wrestlemania (1985)_ . He retired again from pro wrestling, and got himself some acting gigs, including Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991). Falling off a motorcycle while filming this movie and frequent steroid use probably both accelerated his Hodgkins Disease. Studd learned he had the disease in 1993 right after collapsing after his last match, against the Honky Tonk Man (Roy Farris). He spent 20 weeks in the hospital in 1994 (during which time he admitted under oath that he used steriods in the 80s during the WWF's steroid trial), and died from liver cancer on March 20th, 1995. He was 47 years old and left behind a wife and three children, John Jr., Janelle and Sean.

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Wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation.

He was one of the wrestlers featured in the cartoon series "Hulk Hogan's Rock N' Wrestling" (1985-198?), though he did not provide his own voice.

Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 21st, 1995.

1977 Wrestling Rookie of the Year, 2nd runner-up.

1977 Wrestling Rookie of the Year.

Posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (March 2004).

Winner of the 1989 WWF Royal Rumble, last eliminating "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase
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tbd WWF Monday Night Raw: Season 1 Jan 11, 1993 Executioner #2 tbd
tbd WWE Pay-Per-View: Season 5 Jan 15, 1989 Big John Studd tbd
tbd WWE Pay-Per-View: Season 2 Apr 7, 1986 Big John Studd tbd
tbd Saturday Night's Main Event: Season 1 May 11, 1985 John Studd tbd